Browsing All posts tagged under »mountain madness«

Hard yards

July 26, 2011


As published in The National – 26th July 11 

Jebel for Jonathan

July 22, 2011


Around 3am this morning, dozens of cars set off from Dubai in the direction of Jebel Hafeet, a 1,240m mountain with 60 corners and an 8% ascent on the border of Al Ain.  A road snakes up from foot to summit, 13km long in all. By 5am, the cars were empty and the car park […]

Wisdom from Wouter

July 18, 2011


Wouter Kingma, the much-loved Dubai photographer who has wowed hundreds and hundreds of Racing the Planet competitors with his awesome ability to capture the blood, sweat, tears and  joy of adventure runners from all four corners intent on living life to the full, sent out an email the other day that I can’t help but […]

All praise for the playground

May 19, 2011


This morning I was on Dubai Eye, along with James Russell, designer-extraordinaire and Pete Aldwinckle, of Global Climbing for a chat with Suzanne Radford re Outdoor UAE magazine. I write a monthly column called Adventure Chicks and Pete is a regular contributor re all things climbing-related. Pete is the Ruler of RAK when it comes […]

Mantras, miles & meditation

April 24, 2011


Today I chatted at length with the very inspiring Aden Hopkins from Caveman Fitness. We talked about my recent Life Coaching course and my now wanting to study Sports Psychology. Why he asked? For what reasons … I answered with the simple truth that I am forever intrigued by the power of the mind. I […]

Advice from a mountain

April 11, 2011


I have borrowed these words from a mailer I received this morning from Julie Amer of Mountain High.  Julie has an incredible company, formerly based in Dubai and now in Hong Kong.  Global by nature however, Julie encourages and inspires ordinary women to do extraordinary things, to discover their true potential and to  transform their […]

Stones into Schools

March 11, 2011


I sit and write this on the terrace of the Belgium Beer Café at Festival City having just been to hear Greg Mortenson at the book festival. The room was packed full of inspired Dubai’ites eager to listen to his words on Moving Mountains. Greg first came to prominence with his book Three Cups of […]

Adventure chicks

March 2, 2011


My new monthly column in Outdoor UAE magazine – on the shelves now!

Scaling for school kids

March 1, 2011


Have you got plans for Easter weekend yet? If not, why not plan an adrenaline-fuelled, fun-filled, highly-charged adventure in the Helambu village of Sermathang, Nepal? Last weekend I passed through the village myself, enjoying a weekend of running, laughter and endless hot tea with a fabulous group of people. My Heaven in Helambu post tells […]

Heaven in Helambu

March 1, 2011


I’ve just returned from a glorious few days trail running in the Helambu region of Nepal. I now sit in the bar at the Summit Hotel, sipping a cheeky glass of red and reminiscing about the days gone by. Last Friday morning, deprived of sleep yet bubbling with eager anticipation, I met with my fellow […]

Mountains of the mind

February 24, 2011


Despite a very late night resulting in far too little sleep and a not so chirpy 4am rise to get to the airport, when preparing to land in Kathmandu I couldn’t have tried to possibly hide my delight. The sheer size and presence of the Himalayas, dotted with colourful yet raw Nepali villages scattered amongst […]

Packing in circles

February 22, 2011


I must confess that I am the world’s worst packer. Despite travelling all the time, never for work, always for pleasure, I still spend hours and hours trying on everything I own and getting utterly sidetracked making up new outfit combinations. The result is normally a hardly recognisable bedroom of clothes, bags and shoes strewn […]

Al fresco fun …

February 3, 2011


Calling all Dubai dudes and dudettes … if you’ve yet to make plans for the weekend and are keen to explore but need to know more … check out my feature in this months Aquarius Magazine – Hike the UAE PS.  One option is the infamous Stairway to Heaven.  I must re-iterate how taxing a […]

Escapades on Everest

January 28, 2011


I first met the famed mountaineer Dan Mazur last year in Kathmandu. We met at the fabulous KTM Guest House and shared a beer; I found him to be nothing short of inspirational, warm and committed. So when Simon, founder and owner of Arabia Outdoors here in Dubai told me he and Dan were friends […]

Pedicures for Punished Feet

January 5, 2011


Despite feeling utterly exhausted when I arrived back in the sandpit, having curbed the sleep and mounted the food and booze wagon one too many times, the first thing I did, before unpacking, before (re)admiring my fabulous new Choos, before even going online (now that’s something), I booked a pedicure. Having had my feet firmly […]

Take a hike …

December 13, 2010


Right now I’m writing a feature for Aquarius on hiking in the UAE. And with only a couple of days until I fly to Scotland, my very own adventure playground, I’m starting to twitch with excitement over the lovely long walks in Yellowcraig Woods, possibly the most beautiful woodland in the world (my family own […]

Mountains make my world go round

November 21, 2010


Today I had lunch with Susan, the founder of an amazing website community called Amazing Women Rock. We were discussing my love for mountain climbing and I said in a passing comment how tough it is up there, in the death zone, high high above the clouds.  Her response?  “Why do you do it?”  A […]

Observations on Aconcagua

November 12, 2010


“It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.” Edmund Hilary, climber,  explorer & first to summit Mount Everest Altitude Altitude is, of course, no joke and it is always vital to listen to your body and be completely honest with your guides so they can monitor you accordingly.  Vital in all cases bar one that […]

My Ambition

November 12, 2009


I was under no illusion when applying for the ADCB Ambition Award that the winner would be someone whose ambition was far more selfless than mine; a far greater humanitarian goal.  Nonetheless, I applied anyway, not least because I love to write and am passionate about conveying my thoughts on mountaineering and attempting to spread […]